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Gold medallist swimmer visits Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 15:02 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 15:02 14 May 2015

Adam Whitehead visited.

Adam Whitehead visited.

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He gave a swimming class.

Adam Whitehead.Adam Whitehead.

A double Commonwealth gold medallist treated Thamesmead school children to a swimming lesson today.

European champion swimmer Adam Whitehead met Year five pupils from Northwood Primary School and gave them a swimming masterclass and inspirational talk.

This was part of the launch event for the Peabody group’s Sporting Club Thamesmead’s pop up swimming pool, which is available at until July 15.

Mr Whitehead said: “Swimming is one of the most important sports, not just because it helps to promote health and wellbeing but because it can potentially save lives.

Thamesmead school children.Thamesmead school children.

“Our pop up pools enable not only school children but the wider community to become better swimmers.

“Venues like Sporting Club Thamesmead, which is a wonderful facility, allows us to offer swimming at affordable prices, right on peoples doorsteps, making it easily accessible whilst bringing the community together.”

Peabody’s chief executive, Stephen Howlett, said: “The pop up pool is a great opportunity for residents of Thamesmead to learn to swim or become stronger swimmers.

“We hope it will help make everyone safer in and around water, and encourages them to keep fit and healthy, if not through swimming, then through one of the many other fantastic activities which take place at Sporting Club Thamesmead.”

Northwood Primary School, PE coordinator and Year five teacher, Christine Hewitt, said: “Sporting Club Thamesmead’s pop up pool provides a fantastic opportunity for our children to access swimming in smaller groups.

“Having a more personal tuition means everyone gets a lot more out of lessons.

“It is great and meeting Adam today has been inspiring for many of our pupils.”

The pop up pool is part of The Mayor of London’s Make a Splash campaign, in partnership with Sporting Club Thamesmead and Trust Thamesmead as part of the Peabody Group and the London Borough of Bexley.

It is delivered by Total Swimming and Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).

The programme is designed to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with the aim of ensuring Londoners benefit from inspirational projects that significantly increase participation in sport and physical activity, as well as using sport to tackle social issues.

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